Monday, January 9, 2012

Awards, Awards, Awards!

Happy Monday, everyone! I recently received two beautiful blog awards that I'd like to pass along to hopefully brighten your week.


The first is the Beautiful Blogger Award, gifted to me by the always clever and creative Jenny Phresh, whose blog is a true work of art. I'm serious. This is her profile pic:

Photo Courtesy of The Party Pony
How can this woman NOT be a creative genius??

When I received this award, I knew EXACTLY who I would gift it to right away: Lori Parker of GirlParker.com, who just gave her blog a beautiful facelift. It was lovely before, but the beautifulness has truly stepped up a notch. Well done, Lori! (And the most amazing news is that there are no rules associated with this award, so enjoy at your leisure!)


My next award is the Versatile Blogger Award, given to me by Yelena Casale, a new blogging friend who is an urban fantasy writer with an amazingly practical and helpful blog, filled with tons of great information for aspiring writers.

The rules for this award are a little more intense:

1. In a post on your blog, nominate 15 fellow bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award.
2. In the same post, add the Versatile Blogger Award.
3. In the same post, thank the blogger who nominated you in a post with a link back to their blog.
4. In the same post, share 7 completely random pieces of information about yourself.
5. In the same post, include this set of rules.
6. Inform each nominated blogger of their nomination by posting a comment on each of their blogs.

Would you guys be opposed if I adapted this award slightly and just passed it on to five of you? I hope not, because here's my list:

1. Rebekah Crane, who has the dual job of writing an amazing paranormal novel and also talking me down from ledges whenever I'm afraid I've stolen an idea from an already-exisiting novel, even if I've never read it before. Versatile indeed, my friend!
2. Beth Christopher, who I will love until the day I die. Her blog, "On the Trail," follows her life as an active, nature-loving Coloradan, and she writes some of the most poetic blog entries I've ever read. (Also, I've been fortunate enough to read the first few chapters of her current WIP. Quite simply put, it's badass.)
3. Peggy Eddleman, who has one of the greatest "brands" I've ever seen on her blog. Its title, "Peggy Eddleman: Will Write for Cookies" pretty much sums everything up. Also, her first novel, THROUGH THE BOMB'S BREATH, will be published by Random House in September 2013!
4. Jaye Robin Brown, an animal lover and writer of the type of fiction I go crazy to read. She also hosts this great "Memories of a High School You" series... Definitely worth checking out when you're in the mood for a trip down Memory Lane!
5. Lora Rivera, who I respect and admire so much. A contest win brought us together, and I'm so, so, so happy to know her. Lora is a a writer of literary adult and children's fiction, a freelance book editor, and a Life Book writer for Aviva Children's Services. She's also just a wonderful person.

So there you have it! I was fortunate enough to receive this award twice before (must be the whole, "Are you a zookeeper or are you a writer" thing ;)), so here's a link to my first seven random facts: An Embarrassment of Riches, and here's a link to my second seven random facts, which are about the main character in my novel BELOW THE SURFACE (formerly titled THE MERMAID GENE):Versatile Blogger Award and Seven Facts About Kai Murphy.

This time around, I think I will give you--in no particular order--my seven favorite books of all time:

Photo Courtesy of GoodReads

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Oh my gosh, is it just me, or is it nearly IMPOSSIBLE to lower down your favorites to seven?? I'm already second-guessing myself, but I think this is a good cross-section.

Have a wonderful week!

15 comments:

Lora R. Rivera said...

I love the idea of "random facts" being your 7 fave books! And now I get to add several of these to my TBR list. Excellent.

Congrats on winning your two lovely awards! I'm honored to be a recipient. Hugs to you! (And checking out your agents--who I see are closed. Querying soon. Eek.)

Jaye Robin Brown said...

Thanks Lisa! I appreciate the award and look forward to passing it forward.

JRo

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Congratulations on the two awards!

YelenaC said...

Lisa, congratulations on your awards! I just read your 7 random facts about yourself from another post. Wow! :)

girlparker.com said...

Haaahhhaaa!! Totally cracking up that the best part of my award is sitting back. I completely agree!! (still chuckling)

Thank you so much, LisaAnn. You did indeed brighten my Monday up by several amps. You are much too kind.

And congratulations yourself on the many accolades your gorgeous blog received. It's so well deserved. In fact, I've been contemplating for weeks doing a photo side bar just like yours. I love it.

Keep writing!!

bethchristopher.com said...

Oh Lisa. You are SUCH a gem! Thanks so much for the award. How embarrassing, but I may have to contact you to see how to put it on my baby blog... :-) My skills are sorely lacking.

Your support and friendship means so much, and I just love visiting and learning from your vibrant blog. 2012 will bring great things, my dear!

Muah!

bethchristopher.com said...

Oh Lisa. You are SUCH a gem! Thanks so much for the award. How embarrassing, but I may have to contact you to see how to put it on my baby blog... :-) My skills are sorely lacking.

Your support and friendship means so much, and I just love visiting and learning from your vibrant blog. 2012 will bring great things, my dear!

Muah!

Jenny Phresh said...

Can't wait to check out these great new bloggers! I think my "pink look" coincides nicely with all the swimming sea creatures on your blog. (Perhaps I belong in a zoo? More than likely!)

I think the camel is gazing at my nethers.

xo!

Peggy Eddleman said...

Congrats on the awards! And thank you so much for passing the Versatile Blogger along to me. I'm crazy flattered! You are so sweet!

And yeah. I think it would probably take me forever to figure out what my favorite books were! And then I'd totally be questioning my list.

Alleged Author said...

Yay for awesome books and congrats on the awards! You deserve them! :)

cherie said...

Congrats on your lovely awards! Did you know that I once dreamed I was reading The Mermaid Gene? Though of course, I didn't know then that the title had changed. So awesome!! :)

Anita Grace Howard said...

Congrats on your awards, lovely lady! And congrats to your giftees.

Great list of books. I've always wanted to read Memoirs of a Geisha. Since you loved it, it's going on my TBR shelf on GoodReads.

Happy New Year!

LisaAnn said...

So glad you guys liked your awards and my list of books! I literally had to stop myself from piddling around and second-guessing myself, because there's no way any of us could actually only have seven favorite books. ;)

Jaye Robin Brown said...

I put up my awardee post today with 7 special facts just for you (with photos)

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